Huntsville School replacement continues without the usual audience

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Construction workers no longer have a built-in audience, but the replacement building for Huntsville School continues to take shape nonetheless.

Curious Huntsville students could often be found lined up along the construction fencing during recess, especially during the early stages of the $11-million project in Iron Springs. That was before in-class instruction was cancelled by the province due to the COVID-19 pandemic and students began receiving learning opportunities at home.

The new kindergarten to Grade 12 school is expected to open in the fall of the 2020-2021 school year and is being built just steps away from the existing building, which dates back to 1941.

The new school will have a capacity of 240 to accommodate the growing number of Low German-speaking Mennonite (LGM) students, which account for about 95 per cent of enrolment there.

The new school was designed by FWBA Architects, with input from staff and the community, and Lear Construction is the contractor.

Huntsville School is part of Palliser Regional Schools. Iron Springs is about 50 kilometres northwest of Lethbridge.